State Funds Awarded for Ankeny Teachers
ANKENY, Iowa (August 24, 2018) - Of the 333 school districts in Iowa, Ankeny is one of only 49 districts to receive money from a new $1 million state fund to build the computer science teacher workforce.
The funding is part of a broader effort to expand computer science education in schools across the state. This effort is in line with the Future Ready Iowa initiative, which is about preparing more Iowans for rewarding, high-demand jobs and getting employers the skilled workers they need.
"This funding for teachers underscores Iowa’s commitment to giving all students access to the computer science skills and training necessary to fill the jobs of the future," said Governor Kim Reynolds. "In a technology-driven economy, it’s essential that students learn the basics of computer science, starting in elementary school, so they have the opportunity to explore these career paths and the foundation to take more advanced courses."
The new computer science professional development incentive fund, along with new voluntary statewide computer science standards, were established as part of a 2017 bill that encourages high-quality computer science instruction in every elementary, middle and high school. Ankeny Schools will use the incentive fund to pay for professional learning or university coursework for teaching endorsements in computer science.
Iowa legislators set aside $500,000 for the incentive fund. The rest of the money will come from a 2007 settlement of an Iowa class-action anti-trust lawsuit filed against Microsoft Corp. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Iowans who had bought the company’s programs at allegedly inflated prices. The settlement agreement included setting aside a portion of unclaimed money for technology in Iowa schools.